Food Research Tender

Food Research Tender

Investigation into microbiological contamination of samples of minced meat.

UK-York: research services

2012/S 163-271483

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Food Standards Agency
1-2 Peasholme Green
Contact point(s): FSA Procurement Team
YO1 7PR York

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Food Standards Agency – FS102012 – Investigation into microbiological contamination of samples of minced meat.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The FSA wishes to carry out a monitoring programme in the context of official controls in certain approved meat establishments. The aim of this project is to undertake microbiological analysis of samples taken by FSA against the criteria in Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 and additionally for presumptive Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) and Campylobacter in certain samples. The results of the monitoring will be used by FSA to inform risk assessment and risk management in approved meat establishments. The establishments where FSA will undertake sampling are those that produce a combined volume of less than 2 tonnes of minced meat and meat preparations a week and which are under Agency control as opposed to Local Authority control because they are located within approved slaughterhouses, cutting plants or game handling establishments. Proposals are invited to carry out a programme of testing of samples of minced meat for microbiological contamination. One sample of minced meat will be taken by FSA staff each quarter from 82 plants over a 12 month period and sent to the appointed laboratory for testing. It is expected that this will require 328 samples in total to be tested. Samples of minced meat from different animal species will be taken on each sampling occasion between Monday and Thursday so that all samples arrive for testing no later than Friday. Although samples are mostly expected to be of minced meat, some samples from some of the plants where samples will be taken may be in the form of meat products made from minced meat Samples should be tested for the presence of Salmonella sp., the number of generic e.coli. and Aerobic colony count using the reference methods detailed in Regulation (EC) 2073/2005. In addition tests for Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) O157, O26, O11, O103, O145 and O104 using CEN ISO 13136 should be included.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73110000, 73111000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

4.10.2012 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 5.10.2012


Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:21.8.2012